"The Preacher" as written by Alexander Nathan Skolnick, Charles Billy and Eric Stanley Peterson....
In days of old
When the books were untold
Speak of a world crushed by sin.
"The people will mourn
of a war to be born"
Nobody would listen to him.
Think back in time
When the future you find
Is so faint that it's too hard to see.
Don't disavow his word
For the truth must be heard
Cause the preacher tells visions he sees.

In 1906
Like the future predicts
The city will crumble to the bay
Then what's in store
When the worlds go to war?
Peace will have come another day
Then came the one
In the year of '41
Warfare would light up the sky
He beckoned the call
Of the future for all
Blinded by what's in his eyes

In days of old
When the books were untold
Speak of a world crushed by sin.
"The people will mourn
of a war to be born"
Nobody would listen to him.
Think back in time
When the future you find
Is so faint that it's too hard to see.
Don't disavow his word
For the truth must be heard
Cause the preacher tells visions he sees.

Listen to these words I preach
Catastrophic lessons they shall teach

Listen to these words I preach
Catastrophic lessons they shall teach


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"The Preacher" as written by Charles Billy Alexander Nathan Skolnick

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    General Commentcmon no one has commented on this?

    it seems to be about a preacher who is predicting things but no one cares about what he says. it talks about how the city will crumble to the bay in 1906 and a war in 1941. i think its talking about the san francisco earthquake(1906) and when the U.S. entered WWII(1941).

    i dont know just some thoughts
    masterofpuppets80on April 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentcmon no one has commented on this?

    it seems to be about a preacher who is predicting things but no one cares about what he says. it talks about how the city will crumble to the bay in 1906 and a war in 1941. i think its talking about the san francisco earthquake(1906) and when the U.S. entered WWII(1941).

    i dont know just some thoughts
    masterofpuppets80on April 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think you're right masterofpuppets80.
    And it's a great song!
    hILEcon May 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentCould be the predictions of Nostradamus...
    Coffinfeederon June 12, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"The people will mourn
    of a war to be born" - i can't find a source for this quote so i'm geussing the prophet is a fiction
    the painkilleron March 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was thinking that it was about Nostradamus. But I could be wrong.
    Battle-Jesuson December 26, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Like the future predicts" - finding meaning, a posteriori style, for an obscure prophecy... written some ~2k years ago perhaps?

    "Warfare would light up the sky
    He beckoned the call" - the 'warfare' beckoned the call, the prophecy is fulfilled once again. the total destruction did not occur back then, in 66-73 A.D. but is somehow sought of (many of) us. guns don't kill people, we do (our foolishness/mentality/gullibility). like leonard cohen said: 'did you go crazy or did you report?' (on the day they wounded your hometown or whatever)'...

    "The people will mourn
    of a war to be born" - they will mourn because the new religion would preach empire expansion by excuse of spreading the gospel. the new hybrid saviour would really be an apollyion. bellum omnium erga omnes. like my dying bride entitled one of their songs: "my hope, the destroyer". apollyon/abaddon/destruction (personified). careful what you wish... people will mourn because of the holy war endeavoured/provoked by them.

    "Think back in time
    When the future you find
    Is so faint that it's too hard to see." - the present you live in is so obscure to understand because some veil was pulled over your eyes so you would not see your husband on your christmas eve. nimrod ben shit.

    ... ... ...

    what i like best about testament is their jazz-like humour.
    brandy new testament.

    but i may be wrong. maybe the moon is made of cheese. or it's just a sun at night, so when you walk in golden halls you get to keep the prophecy that fails, it's heaven and hell, pasta and cheese. spaghetti monster.

    in the beginning was the cookie and the cookie was where's it's at: at the cookie monster. the monster was pithagoras and the snake was a triangular number, ready to strike the infidel really hard. spank the infidel wherever it may be found.

    oh, the pain... the shining...
    i hope my prophecy am not disappoint you.
    adipeon January 06, 2014   Link

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